Apr 07, 2011 (LBO) – Australia has given 480 million rupees to clear land mines from Sri Lanka’s war torn north and speed up the re-settlement of displaced people and farming, the Australian embassy in Colombo said. Though demining in progressing fast, about 506 square kilometres remain to be cleared.
Australia had already given 1.4 billion rupees for de-mining which has helped clear more than 70 square kilometres of land.
“This additional funding will enable local and international demining agencies to continue accelerated mine surveys, clearance and mine risk education in the Northern and Eastern Provinces,” the embassy said in a statement.
Australia™s contribution recognises the critical need to help displaced people to return home safely and to re-establish their livelihoods in their places of origin.
Australia™s support to mine action remains a key component of its overall support for reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in the north.